Microsoft announced the roll out of (interop) screen sharing between a Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business user during a chat or voice call for September 2019.
Conclusion, opinion and summary
I’m looking forward to this update however I’m not sure what this means in detail right now. Why? Because with Microsoft Teams we need to differentiate between “interop” and “federation“!
Teams Interop (in conjunction with SFB) usually means intra-tenant interop, e.g. how can a Microsoft Teams and a Skype for Business users within the same Office 365 tenant communicate and collaborate with each other.
Teams Federation usually means external [to your Office 365 tenant] federated communication and collaboration with other users from other companies with Teams, Skype for Business Online or Skype for Business Server. For example, how can a Microsoft Teams user from company X communicate and collaborate with a Microsoft Teams/Skype for Business user from company Y.
So, if this capability is only intended for “Teams Interop” this would imply that screen sharing between Skype for Business and Team users within the same Office 365 tenant is added. Finally, you’d benefit of this as long as you are during a migration and transition phase within your Office 365 tenant from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams and you will still have users on Skype for Business (Online).
- Microsoft Teams – Screen sharing in Teams/Skype for Business interop [Microsoft 365 roadmap update item 53934]
In spring this year, Polycom and Microsoft announced that they work on delivering a video interoperability service in the cloud to get your video room systems and Skype for Business Online together (http://www.polycom.com/company/news/press-releases/2016/20160309.html, http://www.lyncinsider.com/office-365/microsoft-positioning-office-365-future-cloud-voice-video/). I rarely find a collaboration environment with only one or the other solution. Most conferencing and collaboration deployments have been growing and changing over time, as usual. Unfortunately not putting the user experience and collaboration experience in the center as key to a satisfying and successful collaboration service delivery. As you may know, if you have a versatile set of video room systems from Cisco, Lifesize, Polycom … on one side and Skype for Business users on the other side… not nice but often available and common equipment… Finally users get different modalities, handling and connectivity … which are neither unified nor really collaborative. So if you are the lucky collaboration expert in your enterprise and you have to explain users why system x does not work like or / with system z as soon as they complain you might find relief with the new option? Put things together by leveraging the new offered service for video interoperability.
What does it look like? Well, you can put systems together via Polycom RealConnect hosted on Azure and operated by Polycom. The cloud video interop service enables you to use video room systems and Skype for Business Online alike.
Take a look here >>SfB Video Broadcast: Ep. 25 Video Interop in the Cloud<<